Re: I find myself tempted to topple the machines like dominos
Soon enough the robots will negotiate any door with an RPG.
1512 posts • joined 13 Jan 2009
Soon enough the robots will negotiate any door with an RPG.
What, no mentioning of Maslow's
pile of steaming crap hierarchy of needs?
After hearing about this intellectual construct once too many in one of those "leadership trainings", I eventually gave up on them, refusing to attend another one since. There is one thing though which I've learnt in those trainings: leaders are definitely not created in leadership trainings. At best, they fuck with the brains of second class managers, putting silly ideas of staff motivation in their heads, that wouldn't even work with dogs. Let alone with highly-skilled, cynical engineers.
First, this is El Reg, having a long history of (foreign) language abuse. Second, it probably was the (sub)editor who chose the headline.
And third, it's quite a good headline!
Did you have a bad-porn day?!
Yes yes... but does it do pew?
10 reasons why your
security training programs aren't working
Seems pretty generic to me and applicable to many presentations. Oh, and no. 11: you rely on PowerPoint.
"It clicks again on the function and it gets the cattle prod" was my thought...
LaeMing, thanks for reminding me - it's what I just watched!
Set during software upgrading, trouble-shooting of some sort. Present are the Expert and I.
"Should we try function X?" the Expert asks. - "No, function X is only for model A. We have model B." - "Oh, ok...." with a empty look in his face.
Seventeen minutes and an error message later:
"Should we try function X?" the Expert asks. - "No!? This won't work because it's only for model A." - "Oh"
Twenty-five minutes and two error messages later:
"Maybe we should try to run function X?" - "Erm???? Yes, give it a go!" - .... "Ah no, this is only for model A!" the Expert says with an eureka smile in its face. "Thank god! Finally!!!" I think.
Not so fast, smart-arse, not so fast... An hour or so later, it clicks again on function X to see what happens.
About 25 years ago I already heard that snakes used to have legs. Not sure if that was only speculation or what. Is there a palaeontologist on El Reg who could clarify?
...enhance our layers of security to protect the integrity of lottery games...
I'm sure they did. Issuing a directive that root kits must not be installed. And installing an additional CCTV camera.
One of my pet peeves is...
Indeed, indeed... still getting the shivers down my spine when remembering what followed after I hastily wrote "Jack" once.
Daft comment. I like it!
Yep, but not as nasty as homo sapiens. Then again, that will pass...
Don't be so cruel!
That's not the question - they promised to send it back! And if you can't trust the plods, whom in the world could you trust?!
Seriously, there's a reason why they got an empty film ;-) And after 10 years, with a brief exception having lived all outside the UK, might be getting a bit difficult to link the address they have to me today.
@Allan George Dyer
1./2. Don't know for sure but some less careful fellows were and subsequently were questioned by incompetent* plods. No charges ever.
*incompetent regarding IT matters
3. I didn't change my identity since then. You probably might have guessed that evil auditor isn't my real name ;)
Unrelated, a file that probably still exists is with the Scottish police which questioned me over some allegedly sensitive photos I've taken. They still keep a film roll of mine, which they were supposed to return around 10 years ago. I'm looking at you, Aberdeenshire police. Oh well, maybe it wasn't so interesting to look at 36 unexposed frames...
When I was at university, "being a student" was justifiable grounds for being the target of illegal police surveillance
"Being a student" surely must not be grounds for being targeted. Then again, when I was at university, some of our activities indeed would have been justifiable grounds for being monitored legally by police - and that wasn't for e.g. being a subversive student somewhere in China. The plods didn't, but that was a different time. Also no reason for anon as it's been certainly a long enough time since.
an unnamed government or organisation with "considerable funds"
A 15yo script kiddie? Just guessing.
When you are, like Hacking Team, operating on this filthy side of business, you want to make damn sure that even an organisation with considerable funds will not get to your data. Not saying it's easy, but it is possible. And those idiots from Hacking Team were literally screaming: "pwn us!"
When you neglect the vast energy you have to put in to create the small black hole in the first place, and all the energy to keep it stable, it might actually work.
@AC regarding risk analysis.
Likelihood times impact works for risks with a relatively high frequencies and relatively low impact. There are, however, some risks with a potential impact that high, say causing a few billion deaths, that taking them is simply not acceptable regardless of likelihood (other then zero).
"nobody noticed since we're all inside it"
Nobody noticed?! When I get out here at rush hour, it's so bloody dense that I've got no doubt of being inside a black hole.
Ergo countries with patchy human rights records.
Yes, I'm also looking at you, Great Ol' Britain. From the somewhat safe distance of the formerly British now Chinese special administrative region...
By the way, there are countries out there that still respect human rights. For now, at least, and if only for lack of resources.
Could you please be a bit more specific who the someone is, who is going to pay big bucks? I have quite some electronic junk too, which I'd like to get rid of....
That's about where a scientific study should start. Internet made that task an awful lot easier. Not everything is available online though, but some "scientists" simply ignore what's not been published on the webs.
Just check out people who are kept in long-term solitary confinement. Totally fucked in their head. They don't reproduce though. But probably would if they could...
A lot of cars, American or not, suck. That leaves you to choose from cars with supercharged engines or electric ones. But frankly, a lot of them suck, too. Get a bicycle!
Possessed by evil spirits! Or how many lines of code did a Plymouth Fury from the 50s have?
Then again, there's probably not such a clear cut between possession and software errors...
You're right, of course. But in those days cars used to be stolen.
What, they still are you say? Bugger.
Depends entirely on which government(s) they work for...
Besides which I find using the term "robot" to describe these PLC driven actuators stretching the term
Maybe I'm getting old and the meaning of this term changed recently. As far as I'm concerned, "robot" doesn't imply any intelligence at all but in fact can simply be some PLC driven actuators.
And "I'd of" wasn't against any rule you've been taught?
Starting to lose my will to live...
So don't start with the Skynet, okay?
Yes, yes. But how did the robot lure the man to go in there? Assuming that VW's industrial robots don't exactly look like Alicia Vikander.
Finally, someone thought of the refugees. Oh...
Maybe you are right about the project manager. It shouldn't have been the pm to set the requirements though. But to whoever came up with that brilliant idea: fuck off and die - and not in that order.
do people really just run with the settings that come out of the box?
Not people who read El Reg. Let's say they are on the nerd side of users. But for most other people -and that is most users-, they just want to buy a device and start doing whatever they want to do. Can't blame them.
Yes, once their shit goes airborne they turn to us, again.
Both automated vehicles did exactly what they were supposed to do.
The Audi was tailgating?
Reminds me of some fuckers at a place (a large, global bank) I used to work in a former life. Staff used to be paid additionally and well for work during their on-call duty. Some of those would deliberately implement some small fuck-up, e.g. in a batch run, that would go off during their on-call. They would have safed the
IT bank once again, they would be paid well, and they probably hated their partners.
Once found out the incentives were changed to something more normal: paid for on-call duty but not for actual work during this time.
Trolling? Yes, a bit.
Seriously though, I've been using both iOS and Android phones for years. In my opinion, iOS sucks(*). I don't like it. But Android, which I prefer for its functionality, sucks even more.
(*)Although I believe for the usual user it is quite good and probably better (less troubles) than Androids.
Just wondering, is there a usable Linux mobile out there?
That doesn't help much with the maths because maybe Rods are much more at risk being hit by lightning than other people. But it makes you wonder what roughly 41'000 Americans were thinking when naming their child.
As a non-smoker, I find the smell of those little tree fresheners far more offensive than cigarette smoke. No joke.
JDX, I should create additional accounts here, just to multi-up-vote your comment. It's the only domain that really should exist under this TLD.
Be you a proper techie or not (neither am I in this regard). What worries me though is that you consider pizza a living being. Then again, if you leave the pizza lying around for long enough it probably turns into some sort of life-form...
...love [...] I reserve that for living beings
What the heck are you doing on El Reg? You aren't a techie, are you?
DropBear, I couldn't agree more. My hair stood on end when I read this crap. What they say sounds like what a junior trainee IT muppet would say - and like a recipe for failure.
Not the swordfish though, no it wasn't.